Common Leopard Gecko

Leopard geckos are small ground dwelling lizards that live in the highlands of Asia. They eat insects and are commonly found hiding under rocks. Geckos are well known for their ability to climb up walls, Leopard geckos are the exception as they cannot climb up smooth surfaces. They are usually nocturnal, and will hide under rocks during the day before hunting for insects at night.

Geckos are ectotherms (cold blooded), meaning their body temperature is dependent on the temperature of their environment. In the summer they can heat up during the day, however, in winter it becomes very cold in the highlands of Asia so these geckos hide under ground and go into a state of semi- hibernation.

The leopard Gecko has an amazing defense mechanism to get away from predators. They can detach their tail! If their tail is grabbed by a predator or another gecko, they can leave it behind and make a quick tail-less getaway. This is very stressful and dangerous for the gecko so they will only do it if their life is threatened.

Scientific name
Eublepharis macularius
15-20 years
Fast facts
They eat crickets, cockroaches and mealworms
They store fat in their tails for when there is no food available
Males can grow up to 28cm long
Just like all reptiles, they shed their skin periodically
They have amazing regeneration abilities and can re-grow their tails!
Conservation status
Least concern
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